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Caravan Batteries-time to check and test them before the new Spring season arrives.

Caravan Batteries

Caravan Batteries

As I am sat here writing this article. I must admit, that I am envious of all the people who are now buying their caravan batteries. So, in preparation for the new caravan season. The year has been a poor year for car batteries, because of the very mild winter.

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New caravan batteries have onboard

I suppose though that we battery dealers should not really complain. As we have had a decent run of very cold winters. Hence, we should have known that we were due to have a mild one. So, and we certainly did. In fact, it is the first year that I can ever remember in my 65 years. Where we did not have any snowfall whatsoever.

We have now written last winter off as a bad year.Especially, for car batteries  sales. Thus, we are already looking forward the leisure and caravan batteries season. Which has already started with a bang, (what you lose on the swings you gain on the roundabout) as the saying goes.

Britain is now largest touring caravan market in Europe. We took over from the then number one country Germany in 2003. Of course, we were still number one in 2006 when the latest figures were released by… http://www.politics.co.uk/ .It is estimated that there are over half a million touring caravans in the UK. Including another 330,000 static caravan holiday homes. I am going to write about the growing number of motor-homes in another article.

Caravan Batteries

Over the years, many caravan owners have asked me the same question? Is there a difference between caravan batteries and car batteries? And the answer is YES. In the early days, car batteries were used to power the minimal electrics that caravans would use. There were no TVs, Fridges and all the other modern day electrics that you can see in today’s modern caravans, just a few light bulbs and an electric pump. The normal car or truck battery would have done the job perfectly.

Now we have seen the development of the new type of leisure batteries. The most popular one that we are now selling is, in fact, a 100 amp battery that is made and developed by the largest battery maker in the World Johnson Controls. They decided that the design of the car battery was fine, but it needed to hold more storage than starter power. This was done by using thicker plates that were able to store more power to supply the caravan with the electricity that it needed for the evenings.

XV24MF caravan batteries are a good buy.

This type of battery is known as the LV26 was then marketed as a leisure battery and would provide the caravan owner with auxiliary power, which as able to be

Caravan Batteries
Caravan Batteries; 2x 75 amp Lucas Leisure Batteries

charged by the car’s electric system on a route, or as now with the use of solar panels, on a sunny day. You can upgrade to an AGM battery system, which will work better with solar panels, because of the better charge and discharge rate, but for the average caravan trip the LV26 will be perfect for the job, these caravan batteries have now been tried and tested over the years and generally do a good job and will give the caravan owner good service for about four or five years.

To aid in prolonging the life of your caravan batteries, I would invest in a 12v smart battery charger, and connect it to your battery over the winter period, when your caravan is not in use, we recommend the chargers that are made by Ring Automotive and are available online. I hope that this article is of use to you and happy caravan trips.

Eric Roberts

Hi, I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Cheap Caravan Battery business now for 40 years.

4×4 Tyres-Which are the right ones for you ? Consider the excellent General 4×4 Range

 Customers are still not sure which 4×4 tyres to choose

4x4 Tyres

4×4 Tyres; Mud terrain tyre on a Land Rover Defender. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This article is a follow up from one that I did a few years ago. One of the problems that we have at Pellon tyres, comes from the owners of 4×4 vehicles who are not sure which or what tyres to fit to their vehicles.

In our area of Halifax in the Pennine foothills, we have several types of different terrains to cope with. Choosing the right tyre can be difficult.

Every tyre a manufacturer makes is designed with specific strengths in mind. How well it performs to these strengths depends on the construction methods, materials used and the technologies applied in the design and testing process. 4×4 tyres by definition introduce even more variables than these into the mixing pot. For our area we recommend a 50/50 or a 40/60 tread ratio between a normal type summer tyre and a rugged off road tyre. To make it a little easier to select the right one, a good place to start is to think about what you intend to use your 4×4 for. Many people used to say the Land rover as just a status car, where others such as farmers need Land-rovers for more practical uses, so a different tyre application is needed.

If you are intending to use your vehicle off road then you need to determine just how extreme the terrain is likely to be and how much time you are likely to spend on it. Farmers would be doing far more off road work and therefore would require a much heavier tread pattern on the tyres.

Off Road Grading Index for 4×4 tyres selection

To help our customers we use a very good visual guide called an (off road Grading Index) or ORGI for short, and then grade all the 4×4 tyres accordingly on our stock compute so that we can tell customers exactly which tyre is the best for them. The ORGI guide assigns every 4X4 Off Road tyres we feature with an off-road competency rating between 1 & 10. From here it is possible to disregard certain tyres as unsuitable and narrow the field of selection down. It works of an easy to understand scale from 1 to 10 depending on how tough you want your tyre to be, an excellent grading system. I hope this will be of help to all my customers who own 4×4 and SUV vehicles and want General 4×4 tyres.

4x4 tyres

ORGI chart

 About Eric Roberts

 

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the
Garage and tyre industry now for 40 years. I worked for a couple of national
tyre companies before starting my first business. I now own a company here in
the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre, and I am a keen blogger about
anything to do with cars and their related products that will help my business.

Leisure Battery- to Leeds University ends in a nice surprise?

Post Updated 23rd Dec 2013

Wanted to buy 110amp leisure battery

 Leisure Battery;When the phone rang for the hundredth time on Thursday it was a call from a well spoken gentleman with a well educated Scottish accent. He wanted to buy a  leisure battery to go

leisure battery

Large motorhome ready to roll ?

into his motorhome. He chose us from our battery web site www.batteriesontheweb.co.uk, and also the fact that we were from Halifax and we were not too far away, as prompt delivery was important.

 

He turned out to be head of the Devonshire Hall Cumberland Road, part of Leeds University. The university had broke up for the Easter term and he found out that he had a dead battery and therefore required a new one.

I arranged to meet him outside the Devonshire halls at 8.30 am on the following morning with his new battery, as he said that he has a tight schedule. This is just an example of the personal service that we give to our online battery service. While I was waiting I took a walk through the gate into the Devonshire halls outside area. I could not believe my eyes at the outstanding beauty of the building what a shame it is hidden away from the public, the students are so lucky to study in such outstanding architecture of the buildings.

 Sent back old leisure  battery for re-cycling

The guy arrived a little late and he asked if I would drop the new leisure battery off at the back of the buildings into his garage, I obliged accordingly but when he opened his garage door there was a second surprise, the guy owned a 1967 BMC 1100 car in white. He pulled out the car so that I could take a photo for my blog, and gave me two old batteries for re-cycling, This was a great trip out for me (how sad).

About Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre industry now for 40 years. I worked for a couple of national tyre companies before starting my first business. I now own a company here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre, and I am a keen blogger about anything to do with cars and their related products that will help my business.

 

BMC 1100 1967 model

Failing Brakes

Camshaft Sensor-Peugeot 206 camshaft Sensor Problems and Location

Camshaft Sensor

peugeot, Camshaft Sensor
Camshaft Sensor

Lady customer called in with her Peugeot 206 1.4 with a couple of problems

So her first problem was that the car was difficult to start from cold. Consequently, the battery was turning the engine over but the engine would not fire up !

Also  when she was driving along the engine felt to be juddering. This culminated with a warning light that had come on in the dashboard.

Camshaft Sensor
Peugeot 206 with engine problems Camshaft Sensor

The engine in the Peugeot 206 1.4 is a KFU 16 valve engine. Research into this and we found out that this model of car is a little prone to these kinds of Camshaft Sensor Problems.

The customer left the car with us and we pulled the car in to the garage, for  examination.

First job was to plug the car into our Snap-On engine code reader. So we soon found that the code that came up was a KFU engine code. Which related to the camshaft sensor. The camshaft sensor is located to the rear right hand side of the engine. Of course, at the side of the air box, and is difficult to spot as you can see on one of the pictures.

Consequently. this  sensor is an important part in the evolution of the modern car engine. Thus, helping  your car run smoothly. Because it is hidden away these sensors can be difficult to find. As we soon found out in this Peugeot 206.

The Camshaft Sensor operates from magnets. Hence, collecting information about the camshaft speed of the car. So, information that it gathers is sent to the car computer. This  in turn works out the timing of the ignition. As a result calculates, the timing of the fuel required by the engine. Through the fuel injection system. The information that is sent by this sensor is vital. Hence, for the engine to work correctly.

Camshaft Sensor
Ryan pointing out the position of the faulty camshaft sensor

The Peugeot camshaft sensor in your car can become weak

Peugeot sensors in this particular model can become weak for some reason. Sending out an intermittent signal to the car computer, instead of the correct information. Thus causing the car not to run properly, as in the case of this ladies car. Ryan Linton then proceeded to change the faulty Camshaft Sensor with genuine Peugeot Parts. So, clearing the fault codes in the cars computer. Of course, this did the trick and the car was running smoothly and back to normal! a job well done.